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Re: I am 26, and seriously considering moving aboard with my girlfriend. Any advice?
That's a decent budget for the size.. Beneteaus are quite nice, but in many cases the berths can be 'pushed out' to the ends of the boat, with V berths especially being pinched forward and not so comfortable for two. However many Benes now have athwartships aft doubles that work well.
However for $100K you can get a Catalina 36MKII - doubt you will find a nicer liveaboard layout for two, huge V berth plus a good aft double - you'll have your choice, great galley and very nice cockpit for summer cruising too. It allows you to easily host another couple of guests too..There's a nice 2001 available at our marina in Vancouver, asking $89K. For some the fact that Catalina uses lead in all their keels vs some Benes using iron is another common deciding factor.
Don't expect living aboard to end up being cheaper.. there are extra fees usually and unexpected issues that can factor in, do your due diligence and find out the real costs before jumping in. Of course if you're avoiding a $500K mortgage you'll have some free cash to pay those costs.. but it's not 'free', esp if it's a sanctioned liveaboard location as opposed to what some call 'sneakaboard' living...
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Last edited by Faster; 01-20-2013 at 02:08 PM.